At present, South African Cricket is going through their worst ever phase since 1991. A decade long maladministration, recent corruption charges and payment row have resulted in South Africa’s government ready to intervene Cricket in country.
The official release from ministry have come after months of instability and malfunctioning in CSA and CSA’s non-cooperation with South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee as well as parliament in their investigation. In the release, South Africa’s sports minister clarified crisis-ridden CSA that that he will intervene to heel the cricket in country.
Earlier, the ministry had tried to arrange two meetings between Cricket South Africa and SASCOC in presence of a parliamentary oversight committee on October 6 and 13, but those meetings didn’t yield evidence of progress.
Now the release from ministry- “Having evaluated the discussions as well as the subsequent reporting on this matter, I have now reached a point where I see no value in any further engagement with CSA,”-stated sports minister Nathi Mthethwa as saying. “I have given notice of government intervention to the ICC and CSA have until close of business on October 27 to make written representations, should they wish to, on why [Mthethwa] should not exercise his decision to intervene as enjoined by the laws of the country”.
As per the National Sport and Recreation Act, the minister has been given the power to intervene in any dispute, alleged mismanagement, or any other related matter that could malign the image of the game. The act also gives minister the power to tell the Proteas they are not South Africa’s team.
Though CSA is yet to speak on the situation, a spokesperson from ICC said: “The ICC has received a letter from the ministry of sport, arts and culture in South Africa giving notice of potential intervention into the matters of CSA. At this stage, no complaint has been received from CSA regarding government intervention and members are encouraged to resolve matters directly with their governments. We will continue to monitor the situation.”
The future of Cricket in South Africa is currently hanging by a thread. A government invention will mean a possible ban form ICC. However, CSA will hope that everything improves in time and team England visits South Africa in coming months.